Luke Shaw played with broken ribs for England at Euro 2020, according to the Telegraph.

They report that Shaw hasn’t been back to Carrington for tests on the injury because he’s been granted an extended holiday after the Three Lions’ run to the final.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have preferred it if Shaw had been assessed already because there’s a chance he could miss pre-season.

But the extent of the injury is unknown, and the fact that Shaw played three games with the problem can’t have helped.

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He picked up the injury against Germany in the last 16 but went on to start each of England’s games after that.

The fact he was substituted once the game against Ukraine was won was a clue Shaw was carrying a problem but it has only now come to light.

This summer’s Euros has caused injury headaches for Solskjaer regarding his English talent.

Dean Henderson had to pull out of Gareth Southgate’s squad with a hip problem and is still recovering.

Harry Maguire was rushed back to action for his country and admitted last month he expects to be playing through the pain for months.

And Marcus Rashford went off on international duty, battling through the pain and may only be able to have the operation to fix his shoulder problem at the end of the month.

 

Solskjaer said after Sunday’s 2-1 win at Derby that Rashford might not even have the surgery.

Shaw’s injury – and not knowing the full extent of it while he goes off on holiday – is another worry.

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Telles too important to loan now

There had been talk about Alex Telles’ future in recent days.

But given Shaw’s injury, which could keep him out of pre-season, he is surely too important to lose now.

United do have Brandon Williams, but the point of signing Telles was that Solskjaer has experienced cover to come in when his first choices are out.

Telles didn’t get a pre-season at United last summer – which can’t have helped.

So a summer where he’s the first choice left-back could help him make a strong start to this season and ensure Shaw isn’t missed as much as he might be.

Of course, Shaw was so good last season that Solskjaer will be hoping he’s not without the Englishman for any significant length of time.

But in the meantime, Telles is unlikely to be going anywhere now.

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